Ontario Announces Pilot Project in Oakville-Clarkson
McGuinty Government Improving Local Air Quality, Protecting Ontarians' Health
Ontario is launching a pilot project within the Oakville-Clarkson airshed that will further improve the air quality for local families.
The new pilot is the next step building on the recommendations of the Southwest GTA Air Quality Task Force. The new pilot project will help develop a new and innovative national Air Quality Management System to reduce air pollution. Working closely with regional organizations, local businesses, industry and community members, the pilot project will lay out a plan to improve local air quality and how to manage air zone measures.
The next steps include:
- Finalizing the Terms of Reference which, developed collaboratively, will reflect the needs of all partners.
- The Province will increase mobile air monitoring and continue to monitor sources of emissions, using this data to assess the progress and ensure the data is made available in a timely manner.
Improving the quality of air to ensure our children and grandchildren have clean air to breathe for generations to come is part of the McGuinty government's plan build a stronger economy and create jobs while protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians for generations.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has decreased emissions of nitrogen oxide by 21 per cent or equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road per year, carbon monoxide decreased by 14 per cent or equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road per year and sulphur dioxide decreased by 28 per cent.
- In addition, between 2004 and 2009, levels of fine particulate matter dropped by 33 per cent in Oakville and 38 per cent in Mississauga.
- Transboundary air pollution accounts for approximately 50 per cent of smog in Ontario.
- Industrial and transportation emissions are decreasing compared to emissions from other increasing sources, such as residential.
- Coal-fired generation was down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same timeframe in 2003.
“Today we are taking the next step as we continue to clean up the air we breathe. I am confident that a community based approach to air management will help improve air quality. Thanks to the leadership of Kevin Flynn, Charles Sousa, municipal and community leaders we have chosen Oakville-Clarkson as our partners in this innovative pilot project.”
“Today's announcement is about continuing our work to provide cleaner air for our families. I want to thank all the community members who worked with us to deliver this important initiative to protect our environment and our health.”
“I was pleased to help deliver this pilot project to our community. Through this pilot project, the excellent partnerships between the community, industry, business and levels of government are set to demonstrate our local leadership at finding community-based actions to clean up the air we breathe.”